Today is Earth Day. A time to sit back and think about our wonderful planet, and some of us will be out picking up some trash, or just enjoying nature. For those of you stuck inside due to weather, work, or other reasons – perhaps you might want to spend the day exploring our wonderful planet through the power of Google Earth. Here are a few links of stories from Google Earth Blog (GEB) describing environmental related content available for viewing in Google Earth:
- About Google Earth Layers – Google has a ton of environmental content built into the Google Earth Layers. Read this article to learn about layers and how to use them.
Rising Sea Levels – Animations showing what would happen if ice melting caused seas to rise too high – e.g. New York City.
EPA Air Quality Report – US Environmental Protection Agency’s air quality report for Google Earth – called AirNOW
NASA Earth Day Photos – NASA released these photos in 2008 in honor of Earth Day.
Google Earth Outreach Showcase – See environmental and science content for Google Earth.
Glacier Melt Survey – dramatic illustration of how fast glaciers are melting around the World.
Amazon Indians Using Google Earth – Primitive indians learn to use GPS and Google Earth to help protect their rainforest – true story!
Upper Green Valley – Issues of gas drilling impacting the environment in one location
Blue Marble Add-On – This file lets you view a prettier image of the Earth from NASA for Google Earth. It shows the view of the Earth from space, with or without clouds, based on the current month. The clouds are closer to real time – updated every 15 minutes. The picture of the Earth and clouds disappear automatically as you get closer so you can see GE’s built in satellite imagery without interference.
[UPDATE Here is Google’s post on Earth Day with a new featured gallery of environmental and science GE content. ]